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#1 Jaffacakes

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:15 PM

Hi all,

My DD (5.5 years) has gorgeous curls in her hair. Not super tight curls, but enough to make me want to tear my own hair out when dealing with it. It always seems to be tangled and looks dull instead of shiny.

Can you give me any recommendations on shampoos, conditioners, styling products, hairbrushes, any other tips (how often to wash, how to brush it easily etc.) on how to deal with it? She is not the most patient of children (what 5 year old is!) so it needs to be fairly low maintenance.

Thanks  biggrin.gif

#2 livvie7586

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:18 PM

buy a tangle teaser, so much easier than a normal brush.  and water, i hate having to brush DDs hair dry, it makes the job so much worse.

Shampoo, we have a habit of using whatever i'm using, with whatever conditioner, and if i'm looking to add shine i use a nourishing oil

#3 Beanbag Warrior

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

Combs for curls, not brushes.

Spray on conditioner while wet and brush out.  Then hand scrunch to reshape.

#4 Jane Jetson

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:19 PM

DD2 is a curlytop. We just wash her hair as normal, comb straight after towel-drying, and it usually curls up into neat, non-frizzy curls that way. We don't brush it - using a brush turns it into a puffball.

We'll probably try serums and so on later, but she's three, so no hurry. And if all else fails, curly plaits look adorable.

#5 strawberry blondes

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

DD2 has gorgeous curls. I usually wash her hair with whatever is there and condition the ends, I can get away with washing her hair once a week unlike her sisters who need it doing every other day.

I tried a tangle teaser on her hair and she screams, i have found the best thing to do is spray her hair with water, work a blob of 'static free fm frizz maintenance programme smooth operator' into her hair then using a wide tooth comb i brush from bottom to top working any knots out. Her hair is always shiny and smells lovely  original.gif

#6 ~char~

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

DD has tight curls. Don't shampoo too often, makes the hair drier which leads to frizz and tangles. Use a leave-in conditioner straight after the shower on wet hair and brush out the tangles. Only comb/brush hair when wet and with conditioner.  
Also better to put the hair up at night so it doesn't get tangled while she sleeps. Either in a plait or ponytail.


#7 Manicmum

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:35 PM

Wet and comb. Wash once a week, unless
Swimming etc. I use MooGoo conditioner and don't rinse it thoroughly, I'll also use it as a leave in if tangly.

#8 Feral timtam

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:41 PM

Detangling comb and argan oil is what I use for curly hair. Using a brush is a big no no for curls. Type of shampoo never really made a noticeable difference for me.

My SIL who has tight ringlets swears by the Johnsons No More Tangles range but I have a nasty reaction to something in it so it isn't allowed in my house.

#9 *cough*

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:48 PM

Try Organic Care range. Cheap from supermarket. They have detangler too

#10 codygirl

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

My 3 year old has ringlets (well, so do I, but I have a straightener!) and the Johnsons no more tangles has worked wonders here.  Also agree with combing while wet, and before bed as well as the morning.

#11 axiomae

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

I have very curly hair (not tight but lots and lots of curls) and my mother always brushed it when I was little - such a no no! DO NOT brush it. Comb with a wide toothed comb when wet with conditioner in it. Use a leave in conditioner (I use the body shop Brazil Nut hair cream) and let it dry naturally.

#12 SpaghettiMonster

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:49 PM

Wash and condition as normal. Towel dry then comb from ends to root before drying with a blow heater (while my young Miss watches cartoons). Next morning I pull out the water spray bottle and refresh the ends with another comb while the roots are dry brushed and straightened with a straightener...fringe also...keeps her looking shiny and neat (tomboy antics aside), and keeps the frizz away.

Wash every third day. Wet, comb, straighten roots every morning.

#13 ceeshell

Posted 10 February 2013 - 07:58 PM

Hair washing day was very traumatic in this house until I received some excellent advice from a hairdresser.

She firstly told me to stop using my fancy conditioner in DD's hair because the protein in it was actually toughening her hair and making it knot more. She recommended Redken's clear moisture range, which has been excellent.

And then she sold me a magic brush to use in the shower. I know, I know, never brush wet hair, especially if it's curly. But this brush is something special. The brand is DuBoa. It has changed my life. I can now brush the conditioner through DD's hair in about 90 seconds. No screaming from either of us.

I also spray her hair with leave in conditioner (same Redken range) before doing her hair for school and then use the brush. It's been amazing. I can even braid her hair now.

I reckon there are other brands of shampoo and conditioner out there that would do the same job, but the DuBoa has been a life changer for us.

ETA: DD's hair is in much better condition now, much smoother and shinier. Zero damage.

Edited by ceeshell, 10 February 2013 - 07:59 PM.


#14 Jupiter123

Posted 10 February 2013 - 08:01 PM

Wash once a week (unless swimming), remove knots with a wide tooth comb or wide tooth brush, comb from the bottom to the top and only when wet.

Do not pull on the knots, just gently comb them out and if the are particularly stubborn a dash if conditioner should make it easier.

Loosen curls with fingers and scrunch lightly to get desired shape.


#15 Jaffacakes

Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:09 PM

Thanks ladies - I think the brushing is where I have been going wrong - can you tell she inherited her curls from her Daddy?

Off I toddle to grab a comb and some leave-in conditioner from the shops.



#16 Peppery

Posted 12 February 2013 - 09:18 AM

My DD has the same hair. Last time i got her haircut, the hairdresser used PPS Revitalising Foam. I ended up purchasing some, i absolutely love the stuff. It detangles DD hair and makes the curls sit really nice.







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